|May 1st is a Labor Day holiday in many countries in Europe, and so today in sunny Barcelona the town was full of people enjoying a day off. Most of the stores were closed but museums and sites were open and very crowded. There were police everywhere but the crowds were just having a nice time and the one demonstration we saw for an independent Catalonia was small and very orderly.
As you may remember we have been to Barcelona a couple of times before but John hadn’t so we walked the streets and showed him some of the great sights. We strolled through the Gothic area and on to the Cathedral. From there we went over to the concert hall where we saw a wonderful guitar concert last year.
Barcelona is known for its slightly off-beat Gaudi architecture. We really like his buildings as do thousands of others judging by the queues to get in. We stopped for the usual large beer and sandwich for a rest and then carried on walking the length of the famous Las Ramblas Street. This is a largely pedestrian area with market stalls, souvenir shops, restaurants and the human statues loved by the tourists.
All in all a great day in the sunshine with the sea as a backdrop for part of the walk. Big news of the day we won our trivia game today – more Holland America pins for the collection. There’s not much on in the way of entertainment tonight so we are resting and reading in the cabin getting ready for Alicante tomorrow. Hard to believe we have been on for almost 7 weeks now with just over a week to go but we do have 5 more stops before we get to Rotterdam so it will be busy.